Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Welcome to the official website of the City of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin!

The Mailbox Library service allows Beaver Dam library card holders to request library books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs from the Beaver Dam Community Library collection free of charge during the COVID-19 library closure. Request items to be place on hold through the following ways through the library catalog or the BookMyne app (available for Android and iOS devices), by email mailboxlibrary@beaverdamlibrary.org, by phone 920-887-4631 or by text a librarian at 66746 and start your message with askbdcl.

Library staff will mail library items to your home. Patrons will be asked to confirm their current mailing address before items are sent. Library items should be returned in the drop boxes outside the library. While the library building is closed, the library will offer the Mailbox Library Service to all Beaver Dam Community Library patrons. When the library reopens, the Mailbox Library service will continue for seniors and other vulnerable patrons.

Mailbox Library Service Reopening

Click to download a printable PDF of the "How To" instructions.


History of the Dodge County Mailbox Library Program

The Beaver Dam Community Library is bringing back an old service to assist local residents to check out library materials during the COVID-19 library closure. In 1971, the Dodge County Library Service pioneered one of the first Mailbox Library programs to rural residents in the United States.

Mailbox Library in 1970's with Director Fred Mencer

Dodge County Library Service Director Fred Mencer showing the Library in Your Mailbox Catalog that was mailed out to rural Dodge County residents in 1973.

Mailbox Library Dodge County Library Service Staff   Mailbox Library Dorothy Loeck

Dodge County Library Service staff Pat Green, Dorothy Loeck and Fred Mencer preparing library items for mailing. Dorothy Loeck weighs packages.

Dodge County Library Envelope